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Herbert and Leni Fromm Collection 1923-1994 Bulk: 1958-1973


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Felix Wolfes ; Fred Meyer, Piano ; Ilse Blumenthal-Weiss ; Ludwig Mestler ; Memoirs Kurt Baumann ; WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston ; Frederick Moyer, Pianist ; Mary Wolfman Epstein ; Deutsches Rundfunk Archiv, Frankfurt am Main ; Austro-American Association ; Schauspiel truppe, Zurich ; Beer-Hoffmann lecture ; Neue Deutsche Hefte, Goethe Institut ; Alfred Farau Lecture ; Fischer Verlag ; Prof. Seubert ; Ernst Waldinger ; Rosy Geiger-Kullmann ; Musik Forum ; Armin-Yvonne Knab ; Margaret Muehsam ; S. Schames ; Edith Schames ; Steinberger ; Freudenberger ; Ehrenberg ; Walter Gropius ; Henry Schaefer-Simmern ; Brookline Library Music Association ; Signe Hasso ; Zeitler-Schweitzer ; Hilde Marx; William Meyerowitz; Max & Joanne Mayer; Ernst Mayer; Deutsche Welle, Koeln ; Deutsche Radio Stunde ; Martin-Klaere Knapp ; Max Mayer ; Mayer, Joanne ; Mayer, Ernst ; Meyerowitz, William ; Marx, Hilde ; Schaefer-Simmern, Henry ; Knab, Armin ; Knab, Yvonne ; Wolfes, Felix ; Meyer, Fred ; Schalit, Heinrich

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This collection primarily holds material on the professional lives of Leni Fromm, hostess of the Boston based German Radio Hour, and her husband, the composer Herbert Fromm. Papers here include material on Leni Fromm's radio program and some of Herbert Fromm's professional appearances and activities. Some of the Fromms personal correspondence is additionally included. The collection comprises correspondence, radio scripts, unpublished manuscripts, clippings and articles, and a few music scores and photographs

Herbert Fromm was born in Kitzingen, Germany in 1905, and studied at the State Academy of Music in Munich. He was an assistant conductor for state operas in Bielefeld and Würzburg. After losing his position in 1933, he became involved with the Jüdischer Kulturbund in Deutschland. While working for the Kulturbund he began incorporating Jewish themes into his compositions, and it was also at the Kulturbund that he met his future wife, Leni Steinberg. In 1937 Herbert Fromm immigrated to New York, where he became the organist and choir director of Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, New York. In 1941 he married Leni Steinberg. During the same year he began working at Temple Israel in Boston, where he became the Temple's music director and organist. He remained with the Temple until his retirement. Herbert Fromm became well-known for his liturgical music, and composed a number of works for use in synagogues. His work Song of Miriam received the Ernest Bloch Award in 1945; in 1966 he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Langley College. In addition, he was the author of three books

An audioreel and an audiocassette have been removed to the Audiovisual Collection

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The papers of Herbert Fromm are on deposit at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York


Language German
Call number 000199320
Digitizing sponsor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Book contributor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Collection LeoBaeckInstitute; americana

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